Interview with Stanley Chow

Lauren Rae:One of the most striking things about your illustration is the use of gradients—specifically, that they don’t look tacky. What’s the secret?
Stanley Chow:I'm glad you think my gradients don't look tacky... The golden rules are: to use them as sparingly as possible, only when you need to; make sure gradients are the same/similar in colour. eg. Light Brown to Medium Brown; Large differences tonally are not good. eg. Light Brown to Dark Brown; If you are going to make a gradient with different colours make sure they are tonally similar... don't go from a light pastel blue to a bright red, but go from a light pastel blue to a pink.